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Blues Rhythms & Riffs – Inspired by Back Door Man

Checkout this fun electric blues riff inspired by Howling Wolf (from Back Door Man). It comes out of the E pentatonic minor scale, both the first and second positions. First we'll look briefly at the scale the riff comes from, then we'll learn the riff along with some variations, then we'll start using it as a rhythm riff, and begin playing around with some call and answer!

Here is the tab for the basic version of the rhythm riff, at 4:20 on the video. If you're not familiar with reading standard notation, don't worry about it, just use the TAB portion at the bottom to see where your fingers go, and use the video to learn the timing.

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Blues Rhythms & Riffs – Inspired by Killing Floor

Checkout this fun electric blues riff inspired by Howling Wolf (from Killing Floor). It comes out of the A pentatonic major scale. First we'll look briefly at the scale the riff comes from, then we'll learn the riff along with some variations, then we'll start using it as a rhythm riff, and begin playing around with some call and answer!

Here is the tab for the basic version of the rhythm riff, at 5:22 on the video. Keep in mind that this just shows the A position; you will have to move this around to the D position and the E position as well. However, once you connect with the pattern it is very easy to move.

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Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Blues (Part 1)

Here is Part 1 of the Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues course. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00 – Chapter 1 – “Heart Beat Like A Hammer”
27:21 – Chapter 2 – The Riffs
37:59 – Chapter 3 – Twelve Bar In “E”
51:43 – Chapter 4 – Boogie Pattern

Finished? Checkout Part 2 next.

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Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Blues (Part 3)

Here is Part 3 of the Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues course. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

0:00:00 – Chapter 8 – “Born Under A Bad Sign” Scales
0:17:57 – Chapter 9 – Chorus Riffs
0:28:28 – Chapter 10 – Chromatic Chorus Movement Step #1
0:44:52 – Chapter 11 – Chromatic Chorus Movement Step #2
0:59:27 – Chapter 12 – Chromatic Chorus Movement Step #3
1:08:10 – Chapter 13 – Put It Together

Finished? Checkout Part 4 next.

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Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Blues (Part 5)

Here is Part 5 of the Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues course. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00 – Chapter 18 – Verse Section
16:54 – Chapter 19 – Pentatonic Major
31:25 – Chapter 20 – “All Shook Up”
48:27 – Chapter 21 – Shame Shame Shame (Conclusion)

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Using Drone Notes In Guitar Solos

If you’re looking for a way to add some extra character to some of your riffs or guitar solos, adding drone notes is an interesting option. There’s a lot that can be done in this area, but this lesson will get you started. Today we’re going to use Drop D tuning, which is identical to E standard tuning, with the exception that the lowest string (6th) is dropped a whole step to D.

Chord Progressions in D Major

In this lesson, we’re going to look at two famous chord progressions in D major. The first one is a I – V – VI – IV progression, which is one of the most common chord progressions of all time. We’re going to see how it is used in U2’s famous song With or Without You. The second one we’re going to look at is First Cut is the Deepest, the Sheryl Crow version in D major.

Blues Rhythms: A Good Starting Point

This rhythm is a great starting point - get this foundation down pat, and we can build on it and do lots more cool things soon after. For today, we'll be playing double stops (which is simply two notes played at the same time), on the I and the V notes of the chords in our progression. Then, to make things a little bit more interesting, we'll add in a major 6th to give it some extra character.

Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 9)

Here is Part 9 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 35 – Left Track Study Cycle #6
00:09:25 – Chapter 36 – Left Track Study Cycle #7
00:18:02 – Chapter 37 – “Texas Joy” Right Track Study
00:46:42 – Chapter 38 – “Texas Joy” Left Track Study
00:57:27 – Chapter 39 – Left Track Rhythm Variations Cycle #1
01:01:14 – Chapter 40 – 12-Bar Cycle #2
01:13:14 – Chapter 41 – 12-Bar Cycle #3 & #4
01:19:40 – Chapter 42 – 12-Bar Cycle #5
01:24:49 – Chapter 43 – 12-Bar Cycle #6

Finished this section? Congratulations, you’ve completed the course!

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 8)

Here is Part 8 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 28 – The Left Side Study
00:18:29 – Chapter 29 – “Love You” Right Track Study
00:31:18 – Chapter 30 – “Love You” Left Track Study Cycle #1
00:39:26 – Chapter 31 – Left Track Study Cycle #2
00:46:49 – Chapter 32 – Left Track Study Cycle #3
01:18:59 – Chapter 33 – Left Track Study Cycle #4
01:31:16 – Chapter 34 – Left Track Study Cycle #5

Finished? Checkout Part 9 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 7)

Here is Part 7 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 23 – “Knockin” Right Track Study
00:11:54 – Chapter 24 – Dave Edmunds’ “I Hear You Knockin” Study
00:27:18 – Chapter 25 – “My Blue Jeans” Intro & Chord Study
00:46:41 – Chapter 26 – “My Blue Jeans” Right Track Study
01:23:01 – Chapter 27 – Ideas For The Right Track

Finished? Checkout Part 8 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 6)

Here is Part 6 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 18 – “Flood” Left Track Study
00:12:53 – Chapter 19 – Intro to “The Thrill” Track Theory Study
01:01:21 – Chapter 20 – “Thrill” Left Track Study
01:24:05 – Chapter 21 – “Thrill” Progression Right Track
01:35:57 – Chapter 22 – “Knockin” Intro and Left Track Study

Finished? Checkout Part 6 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 5)

Here is Part 5 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 13 – 12-Bar Study
00:30:24 – Chapter 14 – Let’s Transpose
00:51:06 – Chapter 15 – Another Variation of 12-Bar
01:17:26 – Chapter 16 – 12-Bar and 8-Bar “Mary Had A Little Lamb”
01:36:10 – Chapter 17 – Introduction to Jam Tracks & “Flood” Right Track

Finished? Checkout Part 6 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 4)

Here is Part 4 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 9 – Adding the Major 6th (+6th)
00:19:17 – Chapter 10 – Adding the Minor 7th (-7)
01:01:13 – Chapter 11 – Open Root Options
01:22:49 – Chapter 12 – Single Note Rhythm Riffs

Finished? Checkout Part 5 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 2)

Here is Part 2 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 3 – Applying 1/4, 1/8. 1/16
00:31:26 – Chapter 4 – Finding Your Bass Notes In Chord Patterns
00:53:42 – Chapter 5 – Applying This To “The Thrill Is Gone”

Finished? Checkout Part 3 next.

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